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Jjdoc
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Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
My friend from Ms called me tonight to talk some football. MSU comes to us this year and that was on his mind...

Our conversation quickly turned to 2 players from MS St that was recently found dead. One being Bear Wilson, a guy that I thought had what was needed for the next level. The other was PJ Jones. I think both played with Dak or during that time.

Neither of those guys had the programs around them to help them post football. You train your whole life for it. In college, that training is stepped up majorly. Then, it's over..... Now what?


Msu started 2 programs for players. One is a mental health program. They hired 2 experts to work with players in all sports. The other is Life After Sport Initiatives and it is mandatory for all juniors and seniors.

They have networking nights all geared to help the transition if football or sports do not work out.











Well thought out!


Hailstate15
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
I hate what is happening to these guys.


ColdTurkey
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
That’s a damn good idea. I hope other schools take note and do the same. I’ve always worried about what these kids that don’t make the cut in the NFL do with their lives, this’s a big deal.


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LSUNV
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
That is a cool thing to do, but just so you know LSU has been doing that for a good while now!


LINK


WildcatMike
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
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The other is Life After Sport Initiatives and it is mandatory for all juniors and seniors.

They have networking nights all geared to help the transition if football or sports do not work out.



Kentucky does this as well.


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Carolina_Girl
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
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That is a cool thing to do, but just so you know LSU has been doing that for a good while now!



Same here. Marcus Lattimore was the head of the program designed for success/life after football and when he left recently, Connor Shaw took over. There's also a dedicated program and staff for mental well being as well as instant access to Hilinski's Hope resources (which are available to ALL athletes everywhere.)



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deltaland
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
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But yeah I know that was just a short sample size but it felt like his life revolved around the game.


Of course it does. The way out of poverty for most of these guys is to make the NFL and they train hard to get there. Let’s be honest most aren’t Rhodes scholars and if they don’t make it then it has to be very upsetting.

Another reason we should support leagues like XFL because it gives opportunity for those who didn’t make it to still play ball and make a decent living


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VABuckeye
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
Ryan Day at Ohio State does this. He lost his father to suicide and during the 2014 season Ohio State lost a player to suicide. Day is very frank about his dad and makes sure that his players have the support network that they need.

You're right. These programs are great and I'm glad to see MSU is doing this.


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Evolved Simian
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
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The way out of poverty for most of these guys is to make the NFL


That is a load of fricking bull shite. That is a dream sold to idiots. Very few MSU players make the league. Their ticket out of poverty is being the first kid from a MS Delta family to get a college degree, move to Memphis (or hopefully a better city) and raise their kids with decent families and decent schools. The dividend is down the road, just like for the rest of us, except for the 1% or fewer athletes who can ever make a living playing football.


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TailbackU
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
I had a discussion not long ago with an advisor on campus who was telling me that the way they account for every second of a student-athletes time in college actually really hurts them afterwards, even in pro sports. They dont have anyone hounding them to eat the exact prescribed meals, training schedule, tutoring sessions, etc. and when they get out, a lot of them can't handle it. They get to the pros and flame out, not because they don't have the talent and technique, but because they have no ability to make decisions for themselves and the real world eats them alive.


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tOGLettuce
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
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Tell the players while they have eligibility at Miss State to party less, drink less, smoke less, chase azz less, and take advantage of the toughest classes that Miss State offers, then they'll be ready for life after CFB, but if Miss State did that it'd be much tougher to Recruit players to a backwoods dump like Stark-Vegas, so instead they do the chicken shyt, cowardly thing and kick the can down the Road until the players have no more eligibility, instead of modifying the players behavior while they're still taking classes that might put their life on a different path



This should get a person banned.
Take a moment and realize this was a real person. 5 years after graduation.

I can understand your stance but to use this thread as a platform is pretty gross.

This place is awesome 95% of the time but leave it up to 1-2 sickos to smear shite during a time of sorrow.

We all know the difficulties of living and growing up in the Deep South, no need for this here.

Please send this fella home. RA’d


tgdawg68
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
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Just my opinion, but you suck as a human and are a POS


Nope, that's a fact.


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Auburn80
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
Most that make the NFL are broke within 4-5 years of leaving. 4 years of making $1 million dollars before taxes does not equal lifetime security for most, especially when many didn't finish their degree and cannot get meaningful employment when they are done.


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Jjdoc
Columbia Fan
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re: Just a praise to Ms St and all of the colleges doing this
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I can understand your stance but to use this thread as a platform is pretty gross.


I don't. Concussions linked to suicide is a documented fact.

Ms ST and other colleges like those mentioned here are doing a job thing and he just wants to shite on it.


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